Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Kiss Me, I Voted: Election Day is finally here. And all of us as Americans can agree that it's about damn time we get this thing over with.

It took me about an hour and a half to get through the voting line at my precinct this morning. During the wait, three people directly in front of me eventually gave up and left. I don't know if apathy suddenly struck them, but I hope they don't think they'll be able to vote after work. I'm guessing that many people who wait until the end of the day are going to get shut out when the polls close while they're still in line.

There were at least five camera crews from various foreign news networks milling about. The German station interviewed me, even though I told them that I couldn't publicly reveal my vote because I work for a newspaper. The reporter didn't seem to care and continued to ask me questions, such as, Why do people believe this election is more important than ones in the past? (Well, I reckon it's got something to do with this here war.)

Hopefully I didn't embarrass myself for the German viewers with my 7 a.m. interview. It's up to the translator now to make me look good.

All I can say is that the tension is high. Everybody is worried that their guy is going to lose. Just remember, we're choosing between two white, male, wealthy, Yale-educated, Skull-and-Crossbones belongin' cousins (ninth cousins, twice removed). Just relax, and enjoy the show.


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